Top Headlines: Koch Foods plans Attalla mill, Alabama one of the ‘Fattest States in America’

Koch Foods plans $50 million feed mill for Attalla
Koch Foods announced Tuesday that the company plans to invest more than $50 million to establish a grain storage and distribution facility in Attalla. The new poultry feed-mill will create 28 jobs with an annual payroll of $1 million. The Attalla facility, designed for maximum efficiency, will support the company’s recently expanded processing plant in nearby Gadsden. – Made In Alabama

Alabama sees another strong year of growth in tax collections
The economy produced another year of growing tax collections for the state’s General Fund and the Education Trust Fund (ETF), the two main accounts that provide state funding for government operations.  Taxes and revenues that feed the General Fund were up 8 percent from 2018.  Revenue to the ETF increased by 7 percent over the previous year, according to state reports. – AL Political Reporter

Once again, thank God for Mississippi
The personal finance site WalletHub on Tuesday released its “2019’s Fattest States in America” report and found that Mississippi is the most obese in the nation. Following closely behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, came West Virginia and Kentucky. Rounding out the top five were Tennessee and Alabama, according to the report. – MSN

But even Mississippi can’t help on math scores, Alabama finishes dead last
The latest National Assessment of Education Performance math scores once again show the Alabama scores were among the worst in the entire country. Alabama public school students scored lower in math than all of the other 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the school system run by the Department of Defense. Alabama students were 52 out of 52. – AL Political Reporter

More revealed on Carvana distribution center in Bessemer
Carvana, a leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, plans to invest more than $40 million to construct an Alabama distribution and fulfillment center, creating over 450 jobs in Bessemer. The hub will handle fulfillment activities for Alabama and surrounding states and coordinate with similar facilities as the company moves inventory across the nation. – Made In Alabama

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Survey concludes Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia most recession-proof
A new study suggests that Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia are among the top 10 states best positioned for a possible recession as more businesses and economists talk about the end of the longest economic growth period in modern history. The online information service FitSmallBusinesss analyzed the 50 states for their vulnerability to another downturn and found the best states were scattered across the South and Midwest. – TimesFreePress

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